Lauryn Hill breaks the streak

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Lauryn Hill – Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

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LAURYN HILL SHOWED UP! The Powernomics tour featuring Lauryn Hill and Nas was launched in Chicago recently at Northerly Island outdoor concert venue. The cool late summer night brought out a sea of Gen X’ers excited to see two of the best lyricists hip hop has given the world. Scrolling social media the mention of the Nas show drew excitement; however the elimination of one obvious name did not go unnoticed. Lauryn has had her share of troubles. Tax issues, jail time and music industry woes have been a thorn in the side of the multi Grammy winning artist. Showing up late and sometimes not showing up at all for performances have affected fans to the point where it may feel like rolling dice to buy tickets to one of her shows.

Having Nas as a co-headliner can’t hurt your chances of selling tickets and if Lauryn doesn’t show at least you got a Nas performance. That was something the fans didn’t have to worry about this time. After an amazing reggae filled opening set by Chronixx Nas hit the stage with an excitement that drove the fans bezerk. He did a few songs and disappeared off the stage then the backdrop started to fill up with emotionally jarring photos from across the world. One of the photos was of Miss Hill. The anticipation was high. The band played at a feverish pitch until the moment Lauryn came out and the crowd erupted.

If you are expecting Ms Hill to perform any of her songs from “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” you will get that, the only difference is that the songs will not sound like anything you have heard from the album. There is speculation that the songs are not performed with their original production because of legal issues. Instead Hill has opted for rapid fire production laced with African rhythms. The background singers and the band deliver amazing performances as Lauryn blazes the microphone mercilessly. My only suggestion to Ms. Hill is that she do the verse to “Many Mic’s” acapella.

Nas returned to the stage to perform “The World is Yours” and “Hate Me Now” then Lauryn joined him to perform “If I  Ruled The World”. Nas was engaged with the audience while Ms Hill found some issue with the sound while they sang. With that being said it was great to see these two legends perform some of the greatest songs ever written and it was even greater that Lauryn Hill showed up and showed out.

Take a look at a few pics from the show below.

Sway talks Toyota’s Music Mix and Kanye rant

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Sway's Universe broadcast live from the Chop Shop in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago during Lalapalooza weekend. Sway has partnered with Toyota to bring about "The Music Mix". We spoke to him about his partnership with Toyota, his thoughts on the industry and Kanye West. Check out what he had to say.

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Cassiopeia from theblackmall.com schools us on Juneteenth

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We spoke with Cassiopeia the co-founder of TheBlackMall.com as their 5th annual celebration of Juneteenth was held at Culture Connection in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Cassiopeia took a moment and educated us on Juneteenth and gave us insight on TheBlackMall.com

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Scarface says ‘All Eyez On Me’ not real and to let Tupac rest

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Scarface was in Chicago for the Classic Hip Hop Lives series hosted by Knowledge Beckom. During this series, hip-hop legends are interviewed before they perform with a live band. Knowledge asked Scarface about All Eyez On Me. Check out the clip for his response.

 

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President Obama says farewell – A tear is shed

President Barak Obama – (Photo Credit – Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech at the McCormick Place in Chicago. The energy was frantic, joyous and anticipatory. Eight years have flown by. Our first Black President along with his family demonstrated a class and resilience that embodies the spirit of Black people.

As our 44th president was introduced to the stage and the crowd of ten thousand plus roared for him you could sense a guarded relief from our Commander and Chief. He was there to get through his speech and say his final goodbye with as least amount of fanfare as possible. His deliverance was tempered. There was a surgical precision to how he made sure to touch base with almost every aspect of American life. The reality of what is upon us all came when he acknowledged the First Lady. President Obama knows he could not have done this with out his wife. This woman from the South-Side of Chicago was his rock and represented the country in a way that will not be rivaled for years to come. Michelle is strength, poise, elegance and power.

I think many of us wanted that moment where President Obama throws caution to the wind and says what he really feels. We wanted him to hold the United States fully accountable for the atrocities of slavery. We wanted him to speak directly to the communities of Chicago that have been victims of rampant gun violence and the scourge of death that seems unending. We wanted him to say something that had to do with us. It didn’t happen and we understand why. Obama has truly been a president for all people.
President Obama has accomplished many things in his eight years. He lifted the United States out of a depression. The largest percentage of the country to ever have health insurance is a result of his administration’s hard work. If he were to be remembered for just those two accomplishments it would be fitting. However, the two most impactful accomplishments of President Obama was being a Black face holding the highest position in the land and being able to survive 8 years and not being harmed.
President Obama’s speech was exactly what it should have been, but the tear he shed for his wife when he said her name showed us what it really is, he sacrificed his family in the attempt to unify a nation. We honor him for that.

-Precise

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Chicago teens stream kidnapping and torture on Facebook live

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Victim bound and gagged – Screenshot from youtube

Four people are now in custody for an alleged kidnapping that was broadcast on Facebook live. The brazen act took place in Tuesday on the 3400 block of West Lexington on the West Side of Chicago. The victim of the assault was tied up, beaten, his clothes were cut, his hair was cut until his scalp started to bleed. The also used his head as an ashtray. Brittany Hearing is one of the individuals who has been arrested and she is seen holding the phone and communicating with those who are watching the stream. Her facebook page has been shared on YouTube.

The kidnapping has been hash tagged on Twitter as #BLMKidnapping. The suspects are heard in the background of the video screaming F– Trump and F–White people. However; it has not been stated that they have any affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Supt. Johnson said in the press conference that he thinks those comments are stupidity and people ranting about something that they think might make a headline.

At some point the victim was released and was found by the Chicago police wandering the street. The police then responded to a battery call at a residence close to where the victim was found. Once the police saw the video it was determined that the man in the video and the man they found was the same person.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said “It’s sickening. It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that. I’ve been a cop or 28 years, and I’ve seen things that you shouldn’t see in a lifetime and it still amazes me how you still see things that you just shouldn’t.

Commander Kevin Duffin mentioned in the press conference that the victim was an acquaintance of one of the subjects. The victim is reportedly from a Chicago suburb and was recently reported missing by his parents. Duffin also stated a van was stolen from that suburb.

“If you commit an act of violence in the city of Chicago you will experience the full weight of the Chicago Police Department. Tonight four individuals have felt the consequences of their actions” said Supt. Johnson

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Chance the Rapper gets 7 Grammy nominations

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The 2017 Grammy nominations are here and for the first time in history, the Recording Academy have made streaming only recordings eligible for Grammy consideration. This bodes well for many independent artists across the globe. Chance the Rapper is one of the first to benefit from this with a host of nominations. Chance has been nominated for Best New Artist and six other categories.

Chicago has major representation. Kanye West has 8 nominations and BJ the Chicago Kid has 3.

Needless to say Feb 12th at The Staples Center is going to be a big night for Chicago.

Check out the full list of this year’s Grammy nominees below.

Record of the Year

  • Adele – “Hello”
  • Beyoncé  – “Formation”
  • Lukas Graham – “7 Years”
  • Rihanna – “Work”
  • Twenty One Pilots – “Stressed Out”

Song of the Year

  • Beyoncé  – “Formation”
  • Adele – “Hello”
  • Mike Posner – “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”
  • Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself”
  • Lukas Graham – “7 Years”

Best New Artist

  • Chance the Rapper
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Anderson .Paak
  • Maren Morris
  • Kelsea Ballerini

Album of the Year

  • Beyoncé – Lemonade
  • Justin Bieber – Purpose
  • Drake – Views
  • Adele – 25
  • Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Best Rap Performance

  • Chance the Rapper – “No Problem”
  • Desiigner – “Panda”
  • Drake f/ The Throne – “Pop Style”
  • Fat Joe & Remy Ma f/ French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
  • ScHoolboy Q f/ Kanye West – “That Part”

Best Rap/Sung Performance

  • Beyoncé  f/ Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
  • Drake – “Hotline Bling”
  • D.R.A.M. f/ Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
  • Kanye West f/ Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, The Dream – “Ultralight Beam”
  • Kanye West f/ Rihanna – “Famous”

Best Rap Song

  • Fat Joe & Remy Ma f/ French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
  • Kanye West – “Famous”
  • Drake – “Hotline Bling”
  • Chance the Rapper – “No Problem”
  • Kanye West – “Ultralight Beam”

Best Rap Album

  • Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  • De La Soul – And the Anonymous Nobody
  • DJ Khaled – Major Key
  • Drake – Views
  • ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
  • Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Best R&B Performance

  • BJ the Chicago Kid – “Turnin Me Up”
  • Ro James – “Permission”
  • Musiq Soulchild – “I Do”
  • Rihanna – “Needed Me”
  • Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”

Best R&B Song

  • PartyNextDoor f/ Drake – “Come See Me”
  • Bryson Tiller – “Exchange”
  • Rihanna – “Kiss It Better”
  • Maxwell – “Lake by the Ocean”
  • Tory Lanez – “Luv”

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Beyoncé – Lemonade
  • Gallant – Ology
  • KING – We Are King
  • Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  • Rihanna – Anti

Best R&B Album

  • BJ the Chicago Kid – In My Mind
  • Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live
  • Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits
  • Mint Condition – Healing Season
  • Mya – Smoove Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Adele – 25
  • Justin Bieber – Purpose
  • Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
  • Demi Lovato – Confident
  • Sia – This Is Acting